Amazon shares break $1,000 price mark, Google upstaged

New York, NY, United StatesUpdated: May 31, 2017, 03:11 AM IST

Amazon shares have risen 33 per cent this year, adding roughly $120 billion to its market value. Photograph:(Reuters)

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Shares of Amazon have risen 33 per cent so far in 2017 alone.||Amazon beat Alphabet, which recently hit $994.32, in a race to $1,000. on Tuesday became the second of the current S&P 500 components to hit the $1,000 price mark, beating Google parent Alphabet to the punch and underscoring a massive rally in large-cap technology-related stocks.

Shares of Amazon have risen 33 per cent so far in 2017 alone, adding roughly $120 billion to its market value. Priceline was the first S&P 500 stock to hit $1,000, doing so in September 2013. Analysts on average expect Amazon to rise another 10 per cent according to the median price target of $1,100.

"The world is becoming more and more aware of how unstoppable the business plan is," said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer of Solaris Asset Management in New York. He said Amazon accounts for 3.5 per cent to 5 per cent of the firm's portfolios.

"The $1,000 is a bit of a psychological barrier for any stock, but it is just another number and we're still big believers in it."

Among the other four largest US companies by market cap, Apple and Facebook share prices have also risen nearly 33 per cent this year while Alphabet has gained 26 per cent and Microsoft has added 13 per cent.

The combined market cap of the top five is near $3 trillion, or more than 13 percent of the S&P 500 index stocks' capitalization.

Amazon, the only one of the top five not in the technology sector, accounts for 17 per cent of the market cap of the S&P 500 consumer discretionary sector.

In terms of stock prices, Amazon's high of $1,001.20 is second among the S&P 500 behind Priceline, which recently hit $1,850.50. Priceline's near $92 billion market cap is, however, runs far below Amazon's $476 billion.

Apple dominates that metric with a capitalization of more than $800 billion.

Amazon beat Alphabet, which recently hit $994.32, in a race to $1,000. The other S&P component above $900 per share is Intuitive Surgical, at $912.80.

Apple three years ago split its stock in seven. If it had not, its current stock price would be about $1,080.11.

Amazon is ahead of Facebook in the race to become the fourth US company with a market cap of more than half a trillion dollars, joining Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft.